We are called to expose darkness

Proverbs 27:5
Better an open reprimand than concealed love.

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Why You Don’t Listen

Here is what Jesus says about YOU not listening.

Question: Do you really believe Jesus paid the penalty? Are you genuinely seeking the truth?

John 8:42-47

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn’t come on my own, but he sent me. [43] Why don’t you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to my word. [44] You are of your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. [45] Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. [46] Who among you can convict me of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? [47] The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.”

1 John 4:6 

We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.

Luke 10:16

Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

You Need The Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

We do, however, speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. [7] On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages for our glory. [8] None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, because if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [9] But as it is written, What no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human heart has conceived— God has prepared these things for those who love him. [10] Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. [11] For who knows a person’s thoughts except his spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. [12] Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. [13] We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. [14] But the person without the Spirit does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually. [15] The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, and yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. [16] For who has known the Lord’s mind, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Expose Darkness

Ephesians 5:5-13 

For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. [6] Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things. [7] Therefore, do not become their partners. [8] For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light— [9] for the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness, and truth— [10] testing what is pleasing to the Lord. [11] Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them. [12] For it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret. [13] Everything exposed by the light is made visible,

Public Rebuke

Job 34:26-27 

In full view of the public, he strikes them for their wickedness, [27] because they turned aside from following him and did not understand any of his ways.

Luke 20:45-47

While all the people were listening, he said to his disciples, [46] “Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes and who love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets. [47] They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher judgment.”

Titus 2:15 

Proclaim these things; encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Luke 10:16

Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

2 Timothy 4:2-5 

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and teaching. [3] For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. [4] They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. [5] But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

2 Timothy 3:16 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,

1 Timothy 4:10-11

For this reason we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. [11] Command and teach these things.

1 Timothy 5:20-21 

Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will be afraid. [21] I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism.

Leviticus 19:17 

“Do not harbor hatred against your brother. Rebuke your neighbor directly, and you will not incur guilt because of him.

Leviticus 5:1 

“When someone sins in any of these ways: If he has seen, heard, or known about something he has witnessed, and did not respond to a public call to testify, he will bear his iniquity.

A Righteous Servant Vindicated

Isaiah 54:13-17

Then all your children will be taught by the LORD, their prosperity will be great, [14] and you will be established on a foundation of righteousness. You will be far from oppression, you will certainly not be afraid; you will be far from terror, it will certainly not come near you. [15] If anyone attacks you, it is not from me; whoever attacks you will fall before you. [16] Look, I have created the craftsman who blows on the charcoal fire and produces a weapon suitable for its task; and I have created the destroyer to cause havoc. [17] No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants, and their vindication is from me.” This is the LORD’s declaration.

Proverbs 29:1 

One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be shattered instantly— beyond recovery.

A Beautiful Rebuke

Proverbs 25:12 

A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

Proverbs 9:8-9
Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke the wise, and he will love you. [9] Instruct the wise, and he will be wiser still; teach the righteous, and he will learn more.

Proverbs 15:31-32
One who listens to life-giving rebukes will be at home among the wise. [32] Anyone who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever listens to correction acquires good sense.